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Teach Children to Organize - Tips on How to Organize Children’s Belongings

When it comes to training children on things like good hygiene, being polite, and caring for others, many parents are doing quite well. However when it comes to teaching children how to organize their things, some parents are dropping the ball. Educators, family members, friends, and strangers look upon these helpless children with pity, eye-rolls, or frustration. Poor Johnny or Jill is dropping items, can’t find things, and is having his or her share of fits because they just don’t know what to do with all their stuff.  So what to do?

1)  Start by getting organized yourself.  Then teach children how you keep up with your items.

2) Give a child a task to organize. From a bookshelf to a table top, show them not only how to organize, but why it is important.

3) Walk through their environment and point out the things they could organize better.

4) Reward the child for his or her effort.

5) Be consistent and remind him or her to stay organized everyday. Ask, “Did you put your items back after you used them?”  If they continuously forget, you will have to remove favorite items from area or other distractions until he or she improves.

6) Communicate what you are teaching your child to others so that they too will help your child learn good organizational skills.

Things to start teaching children to organize in their room and elsewhere:

1) Video games and accessories

2) School work

3) Clothes

4) Bedding

5) Small toys

6) Edibles in the kitchen

7)  Bathroom items

Once they have shown that they are doing well organizing their items, remember to reward them and encourage them to keep up the good work!

Nicholl McGuire is the owner and manager of this blog.


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Need to Switch Rooms in Your Home with Someone? How to Prepare

Sometimes we think that a space is right for us, but then later we discover it isn't. When this occurs, you will need to take a look around your home, finding a new spot. Better bring out the measuring tape and be in agreement with the one you plan on switching rooms with or rearranging their treasured stuff.

Now one way to approach a relative or friend with your request to trade rooms is to be polite and express to the person why you need a change as well as what are the benefits to him or her if they should agree to the trade.  Be sure to disclose any problems or make arrangements to fix them prior to the conversation, because if you don't he or she may bring up those issues and will deny your request.  Also, find out from the individual if he or she has had any problems with the room you would like to move into beforehand.

When moving from a larger room to a smaller room, you most likely will need to purge some things if there isn't enough closet space or your bed is too large to fit.

When moving from a smaller room to a larger one, you will need to think in advance what exactly is your reason for upgrading.  In addition, what do you plan to buy to take up that space and will the purchase fit?

Other things to think about when you are ready to trade a room with someone:

1) Remove at least one large item from the small or large room first. Then take that piece and set it aside until the other large items from the room you are moving into have been removed. Once clear, place your large bed, for instance, in that spot. It is easier to move large items when you haven't filled up the hall area, for example, with a bunch of stuff.  So take beds out first then other furniture.

2) Take items out of big cabinets, dressers, and other things before moving.  By doing this the items are less heavy and easier to move around. Use large furniture sliders for bigger or heavier items. The last thing you want is to damage the carpet or your furniture.

3) Be sure loose items are out of the way of doorways and also the items you removed out of the furniture is arranged neatly away from other items (like in a corner, along a wall, etc.) that have yet to be moved out of the room.  Otherwise your stuff might be tripped over or worse broken during the transition.

4) Take time to vacuum an area once items has been removed and possibly shampoo carpet using light water not too much, or use shampoo that dries rapidly.  Place a fan in room while you and others are on break aiming at carpet. The last thing you want to do is move into a room and smell someone else's body odor.

5) Check over your old room and be sure your items have been removed out of closets.  You can use your bed to hold your clothing until the other person has taken clothes out and placed in your old closet. Be sure the area within closet has also been vacuumed and/or shampooed too.

6) If you plan on removing carpeting, upholstery, painting, or upgrading the room, then you will want to pack items and store away until all those things are done.  This way you are not inconveniencing the person who you are trading rooms with by keeping your items in your old location longer than you need to. Young people and the elderly can become easily irritated especially if they didn't want to trade rooms in the first place.

Hope these tips help, happy moving!



Stop Struggling to Remember Everything

Nowadays the "To Do List" is on apps, websites, voice recorders and other electronics, but also still posted on refrigerators, traditional calendars, white or chalkboards, and other interesting places.  But when one awakens to no list, then what?  He or she forgets important tasks, arrives late or not at all to appointments, and upsets those who are relying on him or her to tend to a task for the umpteenth time. 

As much as we all want to stay on point each day, it can be quite difficult when we forsake or don't bother creating a list to remind us of all the things we need to do.  So if you have been slacking on performing your duties, today might be a good day to start getting things done.  It feels so good when you can cross off or delete a task from your list.

Wish you well!

Nicholl McGuire blog owner and author of What Else Can I Do on the Internet? available in print and eBook

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